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Rosie Napravnik aboard Shanghai Bobby. Photo credit Susie Raisher

Rosie Napravnik to help TRF with Olivia’s Herd

(Press Release)—Rosie Napravnik, one of the most successful jockeys in Thoroughbred racing, will be signing autographs at Saratoga Racecourse on July 31 to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s “Olivia’s Herd.” The fifth race on the Saratoga card that day will be named the “Olivia’s Herd” in honor of Olivia Saylor, the late daughter of racehorse owner and breeder Paul Saylor. Saylor is a regular contributor to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. He created the “Olivia’s Herd” Fund in 2011 in Olivia’s memory to provide for the horses in the TRF program which are most in need of special care or feeding […]

Sandsablaze at the 1972 Ox Ridge Junior Jumpers.

Sandsablaze book: A little TB with a huge heart

Equine author and equestrian Kimberly Gatto has written the Seabiscuit story of the show jumping world! In her new book Sandsablaze: Grand Prix Greatness from Harrisburg to the Olympics, Gatto follows the journey of a little Thoroughbred with tremendous heart, one who took his rider Buddy Brown to unimaginable heights, up and over a 7’ 1” wall in a 1975 puissance (high jumping) class in Toronto. In this tour de force for Gatto, the author of well-known grief reference Beyond the Rainbow Bridge, which offers stories coping with the loss of a horse, Gatto shifts into high gear to keep up […]

Portfolio developed gas gangrene, and a mass the size of a Nerf football, after an injection gone bad.

Ravaged by gangrene, TB lives to see retirement

Before blood filled the nostrils of the flashy race mare Portfolio in an abortive race at Thistledown this May, the beautiful mare’s breeder died, with one last wish left unfulfilled. To bring the mare home was all Phyllis Lambert wanted. To get her off the racetracks and onto a pasture where she could dawdle, was much of what the sick horseman thought about in her last year. At one point, the well-respected California horse trainer and breeder tried to buy the mare outright, but the race owner declined her offer. On March 27, Lambert succumbed to chronic pulmonary disease and […]